Irish Oaks designs its lesson programs to produce well-rounded, educated riders. The facility starts with students as young as 7, teaching newcomers tacking, grooming, bathing, and other fundamental horsemanship skills. Old hands learn championship-caliber techniques for the show ring. No matter their experience level, though, every rider enjoys access to Irish Oaks' roster of amenities. Stretched across 55 acres, the facility boasts a covered arena, an all-weather arena with a full jump course, and trails that snake across the property and spill over onto the adjacent 260-acre farm.
For more than 40 years, Long Creek Golf Club has provided 18 holes of challenging course play for eager swingers of all ages and skill levels. Golfers wielding Groupons can go through the paces of the par 72, 6,400-yard course, which features tree-lined scenery wrapped around carefully manicured fairways and rolling greens that wait in constant fear of being conquered by friendly foes wielding large clubs. Unveil your bag of trick sticks to help brave the narrow 562-yard 13th hole, or hone your short game to a tee while steering clear of the beach on the quartet of par threes.
"Warrior": anyone that is prepared to work hard and develop oneself in an effort to battle against his or her particular challenges in life. That's the way Training for Warriors defines a trainee worthy of its fitness classes. When the training system was created, only athletes qualified as warriors. But as time wore on, it became clear that this holistic wellness program wasn't sports-specific. Its blend of speed, strength, and endurance training, along with flexibility moves and nutrition, create a regime that benefits any motivated client. Thanks to ongoing assessments and feedback, trainees of all aptitudes get closer and closer to their fitness goals.
American saddlebred horses trot across more than 55 acres of verdant countryside at Jansal Saddlebreds LLC’s training facility, where experienced equestrians devote themselves to riding, breeding, and caring for their trusty mares and stallions. Budding riders bond with carefully selected mounts as instructors teach them to trot, canter, and conduct clopping symphonies in private or group lessons held in an outdoor arena or a lighted, climate-controlled indoor arena. Pastures, turnout paddocks, and scenic trails await beyond the arenas’ fences, where professional trainers Janelle D’Amato and Bobby Jones occasionally lead rides. The facility’s professional roster includes a litany of show-ring champions and a barn manager who curates shows in which horses can display their finest salt-lick sculptures.
When they teach escapes, positional control, and submissions, the instructors at The Forge Martial Arts and Fitness Training Center aren't just teaching grappling—they're helping students to build confidence. Their drills, all of which incorporate Gracie Jiu-Jitsu techniques, are as relevant to exercising in the gym as they are in real-life self-defense scenarios. And, to ensure their pupils progress, the teachers use positive encouragement as motivation. They welcome kids as young as five to practice blocks, escapes, and grappling moves during classes, awarding higher belt levels as the group's form improves.
When not fixing smiles inside Dental Center of the Carolinas, Dr. Andrew Kelly served as a deputy examiner for the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners. A Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry, and Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology, he dispenses his extensive skills and experience at free dental clinics and whittles toothbrushes out of wood on the weekends.